Teen Voices: Be Heard. Make a Difference.
There are so many things that you can do on the school safety issue in your community such as starting a Dream Team club for school safety in your own school by going to MakeOurSchoolsSafe.org/dream-team. This organization was started by my cousin’s mom after my cousin Alyssa was killed in the Parkland shooting. Established organizations can help you work toward school safety just by going to the meetings and sharing your opinions.
Another super easy thing that you can do is talk to your friends and spread the word on issues that are important to you. We need to use our voices and be heard. Speak out or get on the computer. There are so many ways that you can be part of the change for whatever you feel needs to be fixed in this world. We have the power to change the world with one click or post. It’s so easy for you to make your opinion heard loud and clear but you have to be willing to share. Once you share what you think, people will start to ask questions and you can help them to understand, as educating people is the first step to change.
If you don’t know a lot about something that you are interested in seeing changed, then ask or look it up so you can start being part of the solution. Whether you are interested in the environment, gun control, poverty or school safety, we all have the power to make a difference. So go out and change the world. When we speak in numbers, adults will listen.
Jadyn Turner is the daughter of Deborah Turner, publisher of Natural Awakenings Hudson Valley West, in New York. To start a local chapter of Dream Team/Make Our Schools Safe, visit MakeOurSchoolsSafe.org/dream-team. October 2018